Fifteen years ago the organization launched with a song -- 21 of them, actually, on a CD called Our Song. In addition to our Heart Beat and other events, the Ensemble plans several anniversary celebrations around the region in our 15th year. The first will be at Mercy Circle on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, and Kelly Clarkson topped the charts in 2003. But in recovery homes and shelters on Chicago’s South and West Sides, women and children healing from homelessness, addiction and violence were singing their own songs.
It was also the year that south-sider Marge Nykaza created Harmony, Hope & Healing to combine the call she felt as an artist with a vocation to help individuals listen and share their voice.
Participants at St. Margaret's Village, St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, Deborah’s Place and The Mantle, the four original sites of HHH’s music programs, chose to sing lullabies as well as inspirational popular songs. In fact, they recorded seven lullabies on Our Song, the CD released by the organization that year.
The first gathering to celebrate Harmony Hope & Healing’s 15th anniversary, 15 Songs for 15 Years will take place on the South Side, where the organization was founded. Please join us:
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 18 (concert, 2 to 3; reception, 3 to 4) Mercy Circle, 3659 W 99th St, Chicago, IL 60655
The concert is open to all and will include a freewill offering. The program will consist of songs and stories from the organization’s history of helping thousands of women, men and children recover from homelessness, addiction, violence and other trauma. After the concert there will be a reception with light refreshments.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Sisters of Mercy, Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home and our host committee which includes Sr. Cathleen Cahill, Jim & Kelly Farrell, Linda Gervain, Bob Kuenster, Margaret Massaro, Sr. Corinne Raven, Sr. Ellen Marie Ryan, Pat Stack and Mary & Bob Schmit.
For more information about the event please contact the Harmony, Hope & Healing office at 312-466-0267 or email director Marge Nykaza, firstname.lastname@example.org.